TUSCALOOSA, AL (WBRC) - You can count some of the lives changed for the better at the Tuscaloosa Children’s Center by counting the hand prints those victims left on the walls inside the building.
“Definitely, a child friendly atmosphere where they feel safe, feel comfortable,” Ebony Johnson, executive director at the center, described how they try to put kids at ease to help them.
Friday, the Governor's Office announced the agency was awarded a $250,000 grant to help children who have been victims of physical and sexual abuse.
"This is critical, the grant is so important to us because we're not that well known," John Mize, the Tuscaloosa Children's Center Board President explained.
The services offered to victims there are free. That money from the state helps pay the salaries of staff members as well as counseling, medical exams, and more.
It also provides the center a financial cushion as the facility prepares to move to a new location in downtown Tuscaloosa. “It will allow us to provide so critical services to the children of Tuscaloosa County,” Johnson continued.